Police clamp down on drink-drug driving danger

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POLICE are reminding people of the dangers of driving under the influence of drink or drugs this summer. 

The Safer Roads Partnership and West Mercia Police said that, despite awareness raising campaigns aimed at educating drivers about the dangers of drink and drug driving, many motorists are still prepared to take the risk.

Roadside checks have been taking place across the three counties of West Mercia this month and so far 101 arrests have been made in relation to drink and drug drive offences. In the same period last year (2010) 92 arrests were made.

Katy Jenkins of the Safer Roads Partnership said: “It is clear from these figures that many drivers are still taking the risk and drinking alcohol or taking drugs and then driving. 

“The consequences of being caught are that it is simply not worth the risk.”

The punishments for anyone caught drink or drug driving include a minimum 12 month driving ban, up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000. 

Act Supt Lee Davenport, head of the Force Operations Department at West Mercia Police, said: “We are very aware the summer period can present opportunities where people are tempted to drive after taking drugs or drinking.

“To combat this, extra attention is being made through the summer via roadside tests in a bid to tackle those who commit the unacceptable act of drinking or drug driving.”

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